Filipinos’ approval of President Duterte dives to new low after God remarks

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Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte is faced with an unflattering survey result presented by pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) which found that “net satisfaction” with Duterte fell to the lowest of his presidency since coming into office in 2016.

According to Reuters, net satisfaction, used by SWS as a rating of the president’s performance, was down 11 points from the first quarter to 45 per cent in the survey of 1,200 Filipinos conducted in the last week of June.

It is the president’s lowest rating in eight surveys taken since 2016. In the first quarter of this year, Duterte’s rating slipped to 56 per cent from 58 per cent in December 2017.

Based on the SWS methodology for satisfaction ratings, a score of 70 and above is considered excellent, 50 to 69 is very good, 30-49 good and 10-29 moderate.

The survey was taken during the week when Duterte attacked the Catholic Church and called God “stupid” after bishops and priests criticised the killing of drug suspects in the government’s anti-narcotics campaign.

“The rising prices and unemployment also had an impact, but this is only temporary. He has to repair his relations with the bishops and rebuild his image,” analyst Earl Parreno of the Institute of Political and Electoral Reforms said.

The President, however, showed no irritation over the survey result.

“I don’t care, it does not interest me at all,” Duterte replied to media questions at a news conference on July 10 north of the capital.

 

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Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte is faced with an unflattering survey result presented by pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) which found that “net satisfaction” with Duterte fell to the lowest of his presidency since coming into office in 2016.

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Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte is faced with an unflattering survey result presented by pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) which found that “net satisfaction” with Duterte fell to the lowest of his presidency since coming into office in 2016.

According to Reuters, net satisfaction, used by SWS as a rating of the president’s performance, was down 11 points from the first quarter to 45 per cent in the survey of 1,200 Filipinos conducted in the last week of June.

It is the president’s lowest rating in eight surveys taken since 2016. In the first quarter of this year, Duterte’s rating slipped to 56 per cent from 58 per cent in December 2017.

Based on the SWS methodology for satisfaction ratings, a score of 70 and above is considered excellent, 50 to 69 is very good, 30-49 good and 10-29 moderate.

The survey was taken during the week when Duterte attacked the Catholic Church and called God “stupid” after bishops and priests criticised the killing of drug suspects in the government’s anti-narcotics campaign.

“The rising prices and unemployment also had an impact, but this is only temporary. He has to repair his relations with the bishops and rebuild his image,” analyst Earl Parreno of the Institute of Political and Electoral Reforms said.

The President, however, showed no irritation over the survey result.

“I don’t care, it does not interest me at all,” Duterte replied to media questions at a news conference on July 10 north of the capital.

 

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